I love Christmas.
I love the lights, the tree, time with friends and family and, of course, the food.
I would put the tree up at the beginning of November if Andrew let me. But we have to wait till the beginning of December. So last weekend (even though it wasn’t quite December) I pulled out all the decorations and got to work.
I love to sit in front of our tree with a cup of coffee and just enjoy the sparkle of the lights.
A great Christmas treat doesn’t hurt either.
Thankfully I don’t have any Christmas treats…yet.
Tonight’s supper is a cozy, hearty soup from one of my favorite blogs. I think it is going to be perfect for a cold winter night in front of the tree.
I started by cooking 1 diced onion and some garlic with a 1/4 cup of melted butter in a large soup pot.
Next I added in one can of corn and a whole bunch of ground thyme (I didn’t have and couldn’t find any fresh stuff)
After that had cooked for a minute or two, I whisked in 3 tablespoons of flour and let that brown slightly.
I then whisked in 3.5 cups of milk and continued to whisk until it thickened a bit.
I brought it all up to a boil and added in 2 diced potatoes, 1 diced ham steak and 3 slices of cooked, crumbled bacon. I turned it down, put a lid on it and let it simmer for 20 minutes until the potatoes were cooked through.
Just before serving I seasoned it with salt and pepper.
The verdict- this soup is creamy and hearty and incredibly flavorful. Andrew, who was trying to pay me a compliment, said “Did you get this out of a can?”
He could see instantly on my face that I did not really take it as the compliment he intended.
“No I mean, it’s so good you could sell it…”
He’s right, It was pretty good.